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Report: Private school voucher expansion deal reached

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It appears there may be a tentative deal reached to expand Governor Scott Walker's private school voucher program statewide.

Right Wisconsin.com reports details of the agreement, which reportedly includes a first-year cap on the number of students able to get vouchers, and tighter eligibility restrictions than what is currently in place in Milwaukee and Racine.

On Wednesday, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee delayed a vote on expanding the school choice program due to a deal not having been reached. Co-chair John Nygren said at the time both sides were, "closer, but we're not there yet."

Nygren, a Marinette Republican Representative, did say both sides continued to discuss ways to reach a compromise. He added that a vote was expected by Tuesday.

The governor has long expressed a desire to expand vouchers to districts outside Milwaukee and Racine. The initial budget measure would have included nine districts, including Green Bay.

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